Slated to be released this summer, Beachbody has teamed up with famed fitness trainer Donna Richardson Joyner to produce Body Gospel, a Christian Workout that aims to fuel exercise with the power of faith. The goal is to make you a better steward of your temple by becoming more physically active, helping you eat healthier, lose weight and enjoy yourself in the process. Anybody who has been to a church that sings, dances and praises the Lord together knows what energy can be created, how joyful people can get, and how much fun they can have even while they dance and clap and sing. Gospel Body seeks to take that energy, that drive, that joy, and combine it with tough, fun workouts that will help you shed those pounds and let your inner beauty shine.
Who is Donna Richardson Joyner?
Once you know even a little about her, it makes perfect sense that she would create a workout program such as this. Donna’s goal over the past 25 years has been to empower men, women and children to live healthier, longer lives. She is the creator of the #1 inspirational workout DVD, “Sweating in the Spirit”, and has been in countless top selling workout programs, from the legendary “Buns of Steel” to ESPN and Nike. She was voted by Oprah Winfrey as one of the top 5 inspirational trainers of the year, and was the former co-host of the ESPN Fitness Pro Show, as well as the fitness expert on the NPC Weekend Today Show.
Her accolades go on. She was inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame, and Essence Magazine named her one of the top twenty five most inspiring women in the US. She is an internationally sought speaker, having lectured in over 40 countries, and has spoken with ‘God’s Leading Ladies’, ‘Sisters in the Spirit’, ‘Pantene Total You’, ‘Eliminating Childhood Obesity Tour’ and is the creator of HOPSports, an organization that reaches over one million children.
All of this caught President Bush’s eye, so that he nominated her to serve on the President’s Council of Fitness and Sports, and has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It’s no wonder that Beachbody turned to her to help them create a Christian workout, to give her yet another platform through which to spread her message of hope, fitness and fun.
The Gospel Workout is simple: it’s about combining the powers of faith, fitness, and fellowship, and strengthening mind, body and spirit. Most likely packaged with a comprehensive nutrition guide, an exercise explanation book and even portable exercise cards, it’s meant to get you up and out of your seat so that you can praise the Lord and improve your temple all at the same time!